Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

I want to show you my latest card. What with having a week away in South Devon, then the kitchen work tops replaced due to a faulty joint (and I'm not even going into all the hassle that caused), then being away for a family funeral last week, crafting has rather been pushed onto the back burner lately. Oh and I've got shingles. Pfft. Hopefully life will return to normal very soon - whatever normal actually is!

Meanwhile, have a look at these. For Less Is More's "smile" (rainbow colours always make me smile) and Papertake Weekly's "Easter". Also for Pixie's Crafty Workshop's Snippets challenge, because you may recognise the doily as being used as a mask on the Mothering Sunday cards I made a few weeks ago. If that doesn't count as recycling, I don't know what does. Hehee!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pink all over

#171 is the final Scrap Whispers challenge in this game. It is to create your page from one of the delicious colour palettes provided. That's all! Easy, right?

I chose this sugary pink palette:

to make this LO:

You can play too, for just 2 more days. Actually, you can choose any of the challenges for this game, as long as you enter them within 2 days, and you will be entered in the Grand Prize Draw. Go on over and have a look?

I also want to show you this pretty, pretty card that I made for a friend's birthday. I'm entering it into these challenges:

Less Is More: masking/stencils (I used a doily as a mask)
CASology: blush (pink, obviously!)
Simon Says Stamp: glitter (Pink Stickles)

Thanks for looking, and have a happy first day of spring!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Rainbow balloon

Papertake Weekly: bingo (die-cut, free (punch), glitter)
Stampin' for the Weekend: anything
Pixie's Playground: snippets

Another Pinterest steal (SIPIDI) using Threading Water punch for the balloon, cloud die-cuts thanks to Amy, and a tiny piece of leftover chipboard that came from goodness knows where, that I've been hoarding for years for EXACTLY this moment. Apparently. Hehee.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Silhouettes and butterflies

Monthly crop today at the Bristol Scrappers!

I never know what to pack for crops. I fill my little car and take two trips to carry everything in and out. But even when I'm prepared (which doesn't happen often!) I always, without fail, want to use the one thing on my scrapbook pages that I haven't brought. Last month I made an executive decision to concentrate on cards at these crops instead. And last month I came away with 18 little "thank you" notelets, so that was a productive day.

Today I only made 3 cards but they were a learning curve and took some time. And I STILL didn't have everything I needed, but Susan, owner of a gigantic sack of paints (including 4 different shades of lime green!) very kindly let me use her acrylics and brush. In exchange I gave her the bull-rush template and die-cut for her art journals. I love how friendly and eager to share we all are at this crop - not just stash and tools but ideas, compliments, appreciation. They are such lovely people.

This week's Less Is More challenge is yellow and green. I brought along my Distress inks and made a wonderful mess.

And CASology's challenge is paint so this one was Susan's acrylics. I always think silhouettes are deliciously dramatic, especially with a colourful background to them - don't you? I'm not sure which I prefer. I'll add the greeting when I decide who and what it is for.

Finally Simon Says Stamp wants pearls, and Cute Card Thursday have requested "springtime". I nicked this design unashamedly off Pinterest where it appears in so many guises that I don't know who to thank for the original. If anyone knows, please leave a comment and tell me so that I can leave credit where it's due, because isn't it delish?

I also want to put this towards March's SIPIDI, as it is definitely a Pinterest steal.

ETA: Look what I won for these cards. Thank you so much! 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

SIPIDI - See It, Pin It, Do it

I am on a team on the UK Scrappers forums called the Inky Minxes. Our team leader is Fiona, whose blog is Staring at the Sea. She has challenged us all to See It, Pin It, Do It and that means taking an idea that we've pinned on Pinterest and actually do it rather than just collecting ideas. How sensible is that?

I found a lovely idea for making a cake in a mug in the microwave, but have struggled to find a recipe that works for me and DH. So I've been playing with my own recipes. My first attempt was a dried-out, slightly burned, rubbery failure, but today I had another go and tweaked it a little and it was quite yummy. It began as gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free, but then I added chocolate chips and some Stone's ginger wine on a whim, and it promptly stopped being sugar-free and child-friendly!

Here is where I got it from, and these are my tweaks.

3 minute gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free microwave chocolate cake

All measurements are level tablespoonfuls.

3 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp arrowroot
2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
4 tbsp agave nectar
1 large egg
3 tbsp Stone's ginger wine (or dairy-free milk)
2 tbsp olive oil
a handful of chocolate drops (optional)

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl and mix. Add the wet ingredients and mix well together. I used a whisk. Sprinkle the chocolate chips onto the mixture.

Microwave on high for 3 minutes. My microwave is 1000W which is quite a powerful one. Last time I think I overcooked it, so this time I put it in for 2 minutes, then another 30 seconds, then another 30 seconds, and it was just right. Not very pretty at this stage. I let it rest for a couple of minutes to finish cooking.

Turn out and serve.

We had ours with an Alpro vanilla soy dessert which took the place of custard, and it was all quite delicious. Very chocolatey.

I'm looking forward to next month's SIPIDI. I already have an idea. If any of my readers want to join in, just let Fiona know by commenting on her blog, and she will add your blog posts to her SIPIDI Pinterest board. Hopefully she'll get a nice collection of really achievable things, created by normal people rather than Martha Stewart!

Friday, 14 February 2014


Over at Scrap Whispers this week, the challenge is a horizontal band of circles, inspired by Jenn K's beautiful LO where she has put her photos in the circles. My inspiration LO goes in a slightly different direction, and is based on one photo and a sketch from this week's UK Scrappers challenge.

I was in the local church choir before we moved to Singapore, and I still kept in touch with them. After two years, one of our dear basses e-mailed me to say that he, his wife and daughter were stopping over in Singapore on their way to Australia, and could we meet up? We had a lovely day walking around Chinatown and taking a boat trip down the Singapore River, before jet-lag took them over and they had to go back to the hotel and rest.

That was 7 years ago, and I'm back in the choir, and that dear bass now sits right behind me. He still talks about that day, but I think his over-riding recollection is of the exhaustion rather than the country!

Isn't the sketch a lovely one? So versatile - I can see myself using that one again, maybe the other way up. I really like those banners.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Friday, 7 February 2014

British weather

Can I just show you this?

You may have seen on the news that the UK is being lashed by storm system after storm system over this winter. Many parts, including the Somerset Levels near where we live, have been evacuated due to flooding. A section of a coast railway in Dawlish on the south coast has been completely washed away leaving parts of the south west isolated by rail. People have been swept away by enormous waves.

It is not cold. It is mild but soaking wet, with wind speeds of up to 90mph as each storm system comes over - and we're getting them every few days.

I found this website which illustrates in a dramatic way what is going to hit us over the next few days.

This was the storm we had 2 days ago that destroyed the railway:

If you have a few minutes to play, go and check it out. And send up a few prayers for those poor people who are facing evacuation from their homes, and looting to add insult to injury.